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NI System on Module helping engineers develop embedded systems faster, with less risk

National Instruments Aust & NZ introduces the new NI System on
Module (NI SOM) designed to provide the customisability of a SOM without the
increased time and risk of developing custom software.

The NI SOM combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable System on
a Chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and
features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time
operating system (RTOS) already integrated.

According to Sebastien Boria, R&D mechatronics technology leader at
Airbus, having evaluated several SOMs and embedded SBCs, their design team
concluded there was no comparison to the software integration offered by NI.
Boria estimates that their development costs with the NI SOM are a tenth of the
cost of alternative approaches because of the productivity gains from NI’s
approach to system design, in particular to NI Linux Real-Time and LabVIEW

The NI SOM enables design teams to deploy reliable, complex embedded
systems faster because it follows the same rigorous design standards as the
LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, which is already proven in
high-reliability applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cataract
surgery machines.

Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems marketing at NI explains that embedded
monitoring and control applications today are more complex than ever before,
and tighter deadlines and rising costs only increase stress for system
designers. Design teams using the LabVIEW RIO architecture can solve complex
embedded problems in half the time compared with traditional custom design

The NI System on Module is shipped with a complete middleware solution
out of the box to eliminate the time and risk associated with developing an
embedded OS, custom software drivers and other common software components.

The LabVIEW FPGA integration with NI SOM eliminates the design team’s
need for hardware description language expertise, making powerful FPGA
technology more accessible than ever before.

The NI SOM offers a robust Linux-based RTOS, giving design teams access
to an extensive community of applications and IP.

Design teams can also use CompactRIO to quickly prototype their
applications and deploy them with the same code used for prototyping, saving
significant time and effort.

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